menu

Steampunk Flying Machines Conceived from Cardboard

Steampunk Flying Machines Conceived from Cardboard
culture

Artist creates intricate sculptures without planning anything in advance

Ross Brooks
  • 28 august 2014

Even though they look like they require hours of planning, Daniel Agdag’s stunning steampunk sculptures are created with virtually no planning – relying only on the human mind and a very sharp scalpel. Forming part of his first solo exhibit, “The Principles of Aerodynamics” feature flying machines that look like they came straight out of a Studio Ghibli film. Keep going for more pictures and an insight into the Melbourne-based sculptor’s creative process.

Agdag describes his process as ‘sketching with cardboard,’ mainly because he cuts each piece based on intuition, and over time, the proportions develop themselves and fully-formed piece presents slowly presents itself. His very first piece was an extremely complex traffic light that featured a mess of wires and junction boxes. Normally his work examines the over-engineering of simple tasks with intricate technologies, and subtly hints at the modern culture of persistent surveillance and abject disregard for preservation of beautiful histories, but this one is focused on the “ongoing pursuit of escape through the metaphor of flight.”

The MARS Gallery in Australia, where the sculptures will be on display until August 31, is quick to sing the artist’s praises on their website:

Agdag will tell you that he makes things out of cardboard. He’s modest. This declaration in no way illuminates the delicate form and eccentric narrative of his work. His pieces are created entirely from the unassuming medium of cardboard and PVA glue. To say he pushes the medium to its limits is an understatement.

While some artists are born knowing which medium to pursue, Agdag proves that a more circuitous path can work just as well, as he describes in an interview with Notes on The Road:

I did fine art originally but I majored in photography and I minored in painting so I wasn’t making anything sculptural. I went back to school after a period and did filmmaking but the cardboard is something that is very much self-taught.

The Principles of Aerodynamics

[h/t] Colossal

Images by Daniel Agdag

culture
Trending

How Indiegogo Is Becoming An Adult Product Destination

Retail
Home september 23, 2016

Watch This Fire Pit Dance Along To Your Favorite Song

Music City Fire is a system that is designed to flicker in time to ambient music

Automotive september 23, 2016

Slick GPS Navigator Gives Directions To Moped Riders

This small, round device attaches to a sideview mirror to display maps for safer traveling

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Work

See All
Home september 23, 2016

A Clock That Beautifully Manages Your Information Overload

The wall-mounted timekeeper is made to help people maintain focus and stay up to date with their appointments

Arts & Culture september 23, 2016

Performance Piece Blends Dancers Into Folds Of Light

The work provides commentary on the increasing connection between programmed and analog dimensions

Related Expert

Jag Bath

Discount Retail

Design & Architecture september 23, 2016

Design Firm Adapts Childhood Homes For Unemployed Young Adults

The studio has unveiled three prototypes of transformed living spaces for people forced to move back in with their families

Health september 23, 2016

These Chocolate Squares Claim To Reverse The Aging Process

A group of researchers from Cambridge University have developed a candy bar that promises to give you a youthful glow

Cities september 23, 2016

Food-Producing Architecture Competition Seeks To Better Feed Cities

A design challenge in Copenhagen highlights the need and beauty of urban farming

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed september 21, 2016

Creative Agency Founder: Using VR As A Race Relationship Tool

Maurice Bernstein, CEO and Founder of Giant Step, explores the value in transforming headsets from high-tech entertainment tools into empathy machines

PSFK Labs september 22, 2016

The Future Of Work: Why Innovation Is Every Employee’s Job

PSFK Labs sits down with management at Johnson & Johnson to learn how the company comes up with their next ‘big idea’

Health september 23, 2016

Wearable Monitors Sun Exposure To Prevent Sunburn

The clip monitors UV rays to make sure you're not receiving too much sunlight

Op-Ed september 23, 2016

Productivity Expert: The Magic Of The Five-Hour Workday

Stephan Aarstol, Founder of Tower Paddle Boards, explains why the modern notion of office hours needs to evolve

Culture september 23, 2016

This Exhibition’s Crowning Jewel Is An 18k Gold-Plated Toilet

The piece, titled 'America,' is meant to raise questions about the country's wealth inequality

Culture september 23, 2016

Match Up With Dates On Tinder Based On Your Music Preferences

A new partnership with Spotify lets people pair up based on shared tastes in artists

Entertainment september 23, 2016

Capture, Cut Up, And Configure Your World In 360 Degrees

To meet a booming 360 and VR video-capturing industry, a multimedia software company bolstered its media editing suite for 360-video creation

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Advertising september 23, 2016

These Trucks Drove Around In Circles For 24 Hours To Keep Time

The giant ticking clock was created by 14 Scania vehicles in a deserted airfield

Advertising september 23, 2016

Buy Movie Tickets Directly From Your Facebook Profile

The new feature is part of a campaign from Fandango to further imbed social media into the ticket vendor's digital presence

Asia september 23, 2016

Co-Working Space Brings The Calming Atmosphere Of Nature Indoors

An architectural firm in China has designed a new type of shared office that prioritizes the natural environment

No search results found.